Hi all,

Today I’m sharing with you an article on the controversy of artificial sweeteners.

Artificial sweetener tablets in metal scoop

A diet with too much sugar

Without doubt, a diet with too much sugar is bad for your health. Abusing of sugar in any forms such as in honey, fruit juices, syrups is directly linked to diabetes, obesity, tooth decay etc. It provides what we call empty calories, absolutely no proteins, vitamins, minerals. 16 calories is contained in one tea spoon of sugar. But most of the individuals consume much more. Americans are on an average of 15% of their calories on added sugar. That suggests a consumption of 300 calories which means 19 teaspoons per day considering an average of 2000 calories intake.
The American Heart Association point out that women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar on a daily basis whereas men should consume 9,5 per day. We exceed this recommended amount as one soda already contains 17 teaspoons of sugar.
A lot of individuals trust artificial sweeteners as an alternative. There is a lot of discussions on the internet regarding the safety of these products saying that it can cause cancers, learning disabilities even weight gain.

What are the real facts about artificial sweeteners ?

Susie Bond, a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist with health first pro-health & fitness center states in her article that « sweeteners don’t provide significant calories, they don’t raise blood sugar levels, they don’t cause tooth decay and they don’t cause weight gain”.
Indeed, a major part is not even absorbed by the body. In reality, they are a lot more sweeter than sugar ; between 100 to 20,000 times. So very small amounts is required to give a taste of sugar in foods.

The Food and Drug Administration approves these artificial sweeteners on the market and they have been tested greatly.
A lot of studies have been driven on artificial sweeteners and none has shown a connection with disease. The FDA has put into place an acceptable daily level for sweeteners that can be consumed without any risk. Research that have been conducted showing negative effects were considered as poor and could not be assumed by scientific studies. The consumption of food and drinks containing artificial sweeteners is used since the early 1950’s and nothing have proved until now negative health consequences. Experts on food safety tend to say that there is no evident correlation between artificial sweeteners and the fact that it is bad for the health. This argument has been confirmed by the National Cancer Institute, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Diabetes Association.
Rather than being obsessed with artificial sweeteners, it might be better to concentrate on real clear risks such as smoking, salt consumption, obesity etc.
Even more, privilege natural foods and reduce the consumption of sweet products, sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Slow Control team wish you a very good day !

Reference: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/life/wellness/2015/09/03/bond-safe-artificial-sweeteners/71566578/

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